NEXT.cc Informal E-learning Designopedia

NEXT.cc is an informal STEAM E-learning resource that explores what design is, what design does and why design is important to society.

NEXT.cc's journeys integrate STEAM place based-activities across nine connected scales-nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and the world. Connecting young people to the very places that they live and learn through the mind of the architect, designer, scientist, and engineer, NEXT.cc looks at how culture, society, technology, and the environment shape design responses.

MISSION

* Nurture Imagination

* Develop Relational Understandings of the Built and Natural World

* Promote Stewardship of the Environment

* Enable eco-literacy and digital-fluency through place-based design projects

* Connect Classrooms with Improving the World

Its STEAM by DESIGN approach connects art, architecture, engineering, and construction as dynamic creative processes and drivers of 21 st century innovation. Accessing architecture through tools, languages, discovery, and design journeys aligned to NGSS, Art/Design, and NAEEA standards, participants draw, paint, write, sketch, animate, model online inside and become architectural investigators outside. Participants research relationships between objects, people, and space and construct ideas as they link with virtual field trips, global institutions, museum collections, and global art, design, and architecture careers. Students analyze sites, research conditions, develop concepts, experience the iterative design process and enjoy methods of making. Empowered to collaborate, create and communicate, students engage in their communities as active participants, place makers and urban stewards of the built and natural environment.

Founded as an education nonprofit in 2007 that offers free curricular resources to students and teachers introducing what design is, what it does and why it is important to our sustainable future, NEXT.cc is a collaborative effort by principals, teachers, architects, artists and college art, art education, design, and architecture students. NEXT.cc offers teacher professional development services, students workshops, and curriculum consulting in fifty states and over two hundred countries.

AWARDS

* 2018 National Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Creative Achievement in Education Award

* 2012 National Environmental Education Foundation Green STEM Innovator

* 2011 Union of International Architects Architecture + Children Golden Cubes

* 2011 Wisconsin Arts Board Creative Communities Grant

* 2011 USGBC Excellence in Green Building Education Award

* 2009 SAIC Presidential Urban Engagement Award

* 2009 American Architectural Foundation Merit Award

* 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Design Education Award

* 2008 American Architectural Foundation Merit Award 2006

Program Contact Info
First Name: 
Linda
Last Name: 
Keane
Title: 
Co-founder and Creative Director
Email: 
lkeane@saic.edu
Location: 
4200 N Lake Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States
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Program Details
Year Established: 
2007
Affiliation: 
AIA
Affiliation: 
AAUW
Program Focus: 
Architecture and Design
Program Focus: 
Arts
Program Focus: 
Earth and Environmental Science
Program Focus: 
Engineering
Program Focus: 
Entrepreneurship
Program Focus: 
General Science
Program Focus: 
Invention Education
Program Focus: 
Technology
Program Focus: 
Math
Program Focus: 
Making/DIY
Program Focus: 
Natural History
Program Focus: 
Humanities
Program Focus: 
Coding/Programming
Program Focus: 
Biology
Girls served annually: 
250
Boys served annually: 
100
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